SEAFF is the film festival in Stockholm that focuses on animated short and experimental art films.

The festival takes place during the Stockholm art week and has a close connection to the art scene in Sweden. Stockholm Experimental and Animation Film Festival, SEAFF, will present highly recognized artists and directors from the international scene as well as new and emerging independent artists and storytellers.

2016 screening took place at the Rio Bio in Stockholm, one of the oldest and finest cinemas in the capital of Sweden. We were noticed in both Swedish and international press and we were supported by the cultural department of Stockholm City and by the Art Grant Committee in Sweden.

2016 years guest of honor was Marcin Gizycki, an art and film historian, critic, animator and filmmaker. We are actively working to create a qualitative context of high importance with speakers and guests from the art, the animated and experimental film field. 2017th festival will be even better!

If you define yourself as an artist, animator and experimental filmmaker, your work is relevant to us. Are you a creative person who uses moving pictures as your artistic expression or to tell a story? We would love to see it!

We accept narrative and none narrative film, video art, computer animation (2D & 3D), traditional animation and stop-motion animation on any topic, from every country around the world.

- Attention will be given to artistic originality and creativity.
- We welcome ideas with experimental ambitions.
- Our selection is based solely on aesthetic values.

The common denominator for all foreign films in the program at the festival in 2016 was that they had never previously been exhibited or screened in Sweden. It's not a requirement for the applicant to never have shown films in Sweden before. It is a hint of the importance of a festival like this in Stockholm.

SEAFF enriches and provides Stockholm and Scandinavia with a piece of the great diversity of ambitious and qualitative films made internationally. SEAFF will contribute to the spread these films. We have an audience who share an interest in this medium, who wants to take part of this collective storytelling. The purpose and goal with SEAFF is to draw attention to filmmakers who through their versatility, artistic originality and creativity leave a unique impression on the art of film.

Awards & Prizes

-Best Experimental Film
-Best Animated Film

Rules & Terms

Please take a moment to read our Rules & Terms before submitting!

-There is no limit as to how many films a Film Maker can submit. However, each film can only be submitted once in one single category. If your film is suiting in more than one category, then please choose the one you find most suiting.

-Completion date does not influence the submission selection.

-Previous Festival history for the Film does not influence the submission selection. Neither Films displayed in multiple festivals nor World premieres are given priority.

-Please make sure that your submission includes the following: Director Photography, Director Statement, Film Synopsis, Director Biography as these are needed to produce the Film Festival Catalogue.

-No refunds! Acciental double subimissions, change of mind or whatever reason to apply for a refund will be ignored!

- The sender of the submitted film is responsible for all copyrights. The applicant is legally authorized to enter the film in the festival and, if selected for the festival, authorized to give screening permission.

-The applicant has secured all necessary rights for both picture and sound, and exhibition will not violate or infringe upon any rights, including but not limited to music, images, and content.

-If selected for the festival the applicant acknowledges and agrees that the film will be displayed in front of a live audience paying entry-fees.

-The film remains the property of the author.